Creative Arts Across the Academy

Art prides itself on the wide range of learning opportunities our students have access to.
Past projects and opportunities have included trips to exhibitions and centres of excellence/ Universities. Visits to London to the National Gallery and Design Museum have been extremely successful and had a lasting impact on all students taking part. In addition to this various artists and designers have ran master class events in ceramics, fused glass and china painting.
Don Valley students designed and carved a totem pole with a wood artist for the My Space Youth Club, in Bentley. This local project allowed access to real artists and designers and provided our students with the opportunity to learn new skills both in and out of the classroom.
Enrichment is offered throughout the week where students can develop new skills using different materials and mediums. This is also an opportunity for our GCSE and A Level students to improve their portfolios.
We have brand new facilities at Don Valley where you can develop your skills as a dancer. There are several Dance Clubs available as part of our enrichment programme looking at different disciplines such as Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. Students in Year 7 have also learnt some of the basic moves of Bhangra Dance as part of the Diversity Day programme which happens once a year.
Our sixth formers have also formed their own Musical Theatre Cabaret group and meet once a week to produce and create their own cabaret shows which they perform to help raise money for the school production. These performances have been outstanding and last year the students raised £200.
There are also opportunities to be involved in dance projects and work with professional dancers throughout the year. This has been an amazing opportunity for students at Don Valley and has had a positive impact on both their skills and confidence. For the past six years Don Valley has worked in collaboration with Phoenix Dance Theatre Company. Our students have created work with artists from Phoenix and also performed on professional stages sharing their work and featured alongside dancers from Phoenix Dance Youth Academy. We have also had professional artists Northern School of Contemporary Dance work with our students in workshops. These have been open to all students from Year 7-13. As a result of this several of our students have been ‘talent spotted’ and invited to open days in Leeds to audition for a place in their youth academy.
In addition, students have been given the opportunity to see live dance by professional artists at CAST, Doncaster and The West Yorkshire Playhouse.
There are many opportunities for students to develop their skills through enrichment projects, visits and performances at Don Valley.
Students in Year 7 and 8 can join the KS3 Theatre Club where they can develop their skills further and showcase them throughout the year by performing to an invited audience. They are also encouraged to audition for the main school production where they can work alongside their peers and learn from students in KS4 and 5. We are proud of our perfect system in Drama and students in KS5 take on the responsibility of being a ‘Theatre and Performance Prefect’. Responsibilities include leading warm- ups and developing younger students performance skills when they are performing for a show. They are a fantastic support to our school community and I am very proud of the impact they have made.
Projects/Performance opportunities-
Shakespeare Schools Foundation is a project Don Valley has been involved in for over 10 years. Each year we take part in the Shakespeare Schools Foundation and 35 students perform on a professional stage in the festival alongside other students from across the region. We have been praised year on year for our outstanding performances and I know every student who has ever been involved will reflect positively on their experience. We are also ambassadors for the project. See the link below.
As mentioned we also produce a school show every year where all students can audition and take part. There have also been opportunities for cross curricular links where art and textiles students have been involved in helping to create the set/costumes for the shows.
We invite friends and family to see excellent classwork/exam pieces throughout the year and often use these as nights of celebration and recognition for our fantastic students. We will also share work alongside students from Music in a Winter Festival and Summer Festival.
In addition we offer opportunities for all students to see live pieces of professional theatre and to work with professional drama practitioners. This is an invaluable experience encouraging students to develop their own skills and provides them with an enriched experience of Drama at Don Valley.  Students have had the opportunity to work with Manic Chord Theatre Company for the last two years and have also collaborated with Wayne Sables where they have created an installation piece based on ‘body image’ which was showcased at the Doncaster Dome and around Barnsley. For the past 8 years we have had Splendid Theatre Productions perform at the academy and work with our students to develop their skills and deepen their knowledge of the play for their exam. We are excited to see their most recent performance of Metamorphosis in January 2018.
In Music we offer a rich programme of opportunities for young musicians. There are various clubs that allow students to develop their skills in various disciplines.
Drum club - students learn a variety of different beats and fills. This is an opportunity to develop sense of timing and performing with others
Vocal group - Students are given the opportunity to sing in a variety of styles. They also learn how to add harmonies and perform with others. 
Pop Group - This is an opportunity for students to perform their own choice of music and develop performance and aural skills
Sing up Project -
This is a project where Don Valley students performed alongside other secondary and primary schools at the Doncaster Dome.
Music for Youth - This is a new and exciting project to Don Valley where we hope to take some soloists and small ensembles to compete in regional festivals in 2018.
Lunchtime Concerts - This provides our students with yet another opportunity to showcase work they have been doing in class or in their own time and share their musical skills with others - starting in 2018
Students have access to practice rooms using a booking system throughout the week to develop performance skills, compose or enjoy listening to music.
Winter and Summer Festivals allow students to once again showcase their talent to parents and friends. It also acts a celebration of their hard work.